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Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts (ART208)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
OUA: OUA2-external, OUA3-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description How do you make others sit up and listen to your voice, ideas, pitches, arguments? What does it mean to be an ethical orator, an engaging performer, and an informed and sensitive speaker? In this unit, you prepare, write, and perform presentations sensitive to purpose, audience, and context. In writing and performance workshops, you learn a range of rhetorical practices to conceive and compose powerful texts, and you rehearse and hone performative techniques to bring texts alive for diverse audiences.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Exercise critical thinking and professional judgement to plan and enact real-world presentations.
2. Demonstrate self-awareness in relation to your development of presentation skills and ethical oration in a real-world learning experience.
3. Critically reflect on your rhetorical practices and evaluate your capacity to compose and present in real-world contexts.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2.5 hour seminar
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a seminar format, along with online learning materials accessible through Moodle, to explore the ethical, discursive, rhetorical and performative practices necessary for presenting to a variety of audiences. Students will learn to analyse the components of effective presentations, as well as develop the necessary rhetorical skills for writing and giving their own presentations.
Assessment Assessments are designed to give students the opportunity to develop, consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of the key ideas, texts and theories covered in the unit. They are also designed to extend students' capacity to develop rigorous arguments and discussions (orally and in writing), to develop skills of independent research, and to develop confidence in working with primary and secondary materials.
Prerequisites nil
Notes Equipment requirements include a device with video recording capability (such as thoseat built into a mobile phone, or a laptop/computer).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Community Development (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA)
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Melissa Merchant
Professional Learning Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2086
e: M.Merchant@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.037 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

OUA: OUA2-External
Associate Professor Anne Surma
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2151
e: A.Surma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.066A - Building 450, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
OUA: OUA3-External
Dr Rahul Gairola
The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6149
e: Rahul.Gairola@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.074 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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